I was introduced to Parallel Kingdom today in discussing mobile applications with a few friends. It’s a role-playing game designed for cellphone users that you can play on the iPhone or Android.
The gameplay is what you’d expect: killing dragons, teaming up against enemies, upgrading weapons. What’s different is that the environment is a Google Map that surrounds your current location by a few blocks, so you can only see other players that are nearby in the real world, and finding other monsters to battle means physically moving to a new location. The result is a combination of straightforward video game play combined with the fun of discovery found in geocaching.
This is a good start, but I’m curious what additional elements location awareness will bring to the mobile gaming experience. For the cellphone-owning gamers out there: what’s on your wish list?